• Is it a significant achievement to make it onto a national sports team?
  • Would winning a top-ten spot in a European championship constitute an award for excellence?
  • Would being one of a duo who were U.S. junior ice dance champions constitute an internationally recognized prize?

These are questions USCIS has answered in the negative in denying extraordinary ability (EB-1) permanent resident (“green card”) petitions. The rise in these denials, like the steep increase in denials of employment visas, including H-1B and L-1 visas, results from President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies affecting legal and illegal immigration.

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